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• The breakout star of this summer’s blockbuster AVENGERS film and self-made hero Hawkeye fights for justice!

• With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to prove himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

• Matt Fraction & David Aja (IMMORTAL IRON FIST) reunite to tell the on-going tales of the Arrow-Avenger!

Story by Matt Fraction
Art by David Aja
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth, Adi Granov, & Pasqual Ferry

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 65.8%


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Avg Rating: 4.6
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  1. Hawkeye was the breakout star of The Avengers? Poor Natasha / Shawarma.

  2. I really, desperately, want this to be good.

  3. Glad to see Hawkeye back in a leading role. And David Aja’s name will get me to buy anything.

  4. Yeah, this looks pretty cool so I am picking it up.

  5. Barton and Bishop, slingin’ arrows and takin’ names? I’ll buy this twice.

  6. Definitely picking this up because of the creative team – could someone give me a quick recap on Kate Bishop (of who I know nothing)?

    • Female teenage archer who runs with the Young Avengers and took the name Hawkeye while Clint was “dead” (post-House of M). I think she’s gotten his “blessing” to use the name, so I think we’re in store for something kind of sidekick-ish here.

    • Socialite turned super hero, inspired to the costumed life after being saved by (or, more accurately, saving) the Young Avengers. Her quick wit, strategic mind and peerless accuracy (honed over years at band camp), combined with her father’s vast resources, made her an indispensable member of the team.

  7. Love David Aja’s work and he may be enough to get me to pick this up but I just really don’t care about a Hawkeye solo book at all…probably trade wait after seeing reviews. I would love to see Aja on a new Dark Horse or Image book.

  8. This makes me reminisce about the Iron Fist series. Might pick it up.

  9. Aja is bringing me into this book. I know the art will rule… please let the rest be good (hope!)

  10. Wow, I guess my taste in Art is way off then. This art is terrible! I mean really bad! It was on my pull list until I saw the preview. If the book fails on art, I don’t care about the story. Art is a deal breaker for me.

    Much prefer the art of Catwoman, X-Men, Flash, Superman and even Captain Marvel.

    • That’s the first negative comment I’ve ever heard/read about Aja’s art. Dude has ridiculous talent.

    • Art is subjective, but…I have to agree, I’ve never heard someone disliking Aja’s art. Its fantastic. But to each their own.

    • Terrible is pushing it, even from someone who doesn’t like it. I guess Year One and Born Again have really bad art too. Sorry, had to be a smart ass.

      Yet, the only art I like from what you mentioned is Manapul on Flash and Lopez on Wood’s X-Men. Passed on Captain Marvel because the art looked just ugly to me.

  11. Dear lord, that was a lot of ‘bros’… I lost the count at 20. Otherwise it was pretty good… specially Aja’s art.

    • Agreed. I came here to post “So…Many…Bros”

      I could go the rest of my life now without having to read “Bro” again, I think.

      That said, good stuff.

  12. Interesting how this is number 7 in pulls and Green Arrow is like 36.

  13. This was fucking fantastic! Besides all the ‘bros’, Fraction wrote a quality story, and Aja drew his fucking ass off. Always wanted to know what would happen if Clint Barton starred in Rounders.

  14. Really wanted to like this but the story was boring and the art was awful imo.

  15. Wow, this was really good. No bow and arrow, no uniform, but it was awesome. And I really liked the artwork. Very different artwork but I really liked it. And the story was very good. I will be adding this to my pull list for sure.

  16. This hit a lot of my sweet spots. I particularly liked the tone of voice Barton had — in one issue I feel like Fraction has helped show me how Hawkeye is unique among Avengers in terms of both personality and behavior.

    And I realize the “bro” thing is putting some people off, but I’ve encountered more than a few people who actually speak like this. It’s supposed to be annoying because it really is. The guys I’ve heard aren’t russian (chaldean and albanian, actually), but I think it’s a fairly common linguistic tic among guys that learned most of their english from movies and TV.

    5/5, nearly my POTW (I love a clever heist explanation, so Thief of Thieves edged this out), and really excited to see where this goes.

    • Replace ‘bro’ with ‘bud’ and I can name three co-workers who could match the number of times used in a sentence. Loved this book. Alot. The narrative was unique and funny and clever. I thankfully have missed some of Fraction’s missteps, this was my first real introduction to his work and it was pretty awesome.

  17. I’m not a big fan of Matt Fraction.but I bought this any way just out of curiousity and glad I did. Very well written and Aja’s art is perfect for this book. I won’t add it to my pull list yet,just to see if it holds up for the next few issues,but I do recommend issue #1. A very good read!

  18. A fun book and easy 4.

  19. This was my pick of the week. Just beat out Daredevil.

  20. the art was horrible and NOTHING HAPPENED! He shoots one fuckin arrow!

    kidding aside.

    Yeah, I really hope they keep Clint outta costume as much as possible. This was just plain charming in all the right ways and the dog sub-plot really made me adore it all the more. Not to mention the hilarious take on the Avengers scene during the opening.

  21. I needed to reiterate, this is my favorite new series from Marvel or DC, just off this issue. I like Daredevil, but I relate more to Clint and the events in this book. Same with Uncanny X-Force, Journey, and Winter Soldier. If it continues at this quality, it will become my favorite book by the big two, easy. It really made me alot more attached to Hawkeye as a character.

  22. Where is this Matt Fraction when it comes to Thor or Defenders? Why can he do such an awesome job with Iron Man and Hawkeye and Iron Fist but take a big dump on Asgard? or just make a story so confusing it isn’t fun like Defenders?
    This book was great, I hope the dynamic of it doesn’t change to much with Hawkeye Jr. joining him.

  23. Fraction and Aja definitely recaptured the magic they put into Iron Fist with this series. Time will tell if this will indeed be as great as that, but this issue definitely proves why BOTH Aja and Fraction are A-list creators.


  25. Bravo!

  26. I think the thing i loved about this book the most was that im a new reader for the character and i really fell for him in the first issue, he seems like a person i can really get behind and follow on alot of stories and adventures and the art was really new for me and i loved the simplistic style because it still showed alot of emotion, definitely adding this to my pull

  27. This is definitely a new addition to my pull list. The panel’s that were used when Clint throws the ace of spades….pure awesome. POTW as well.

  28. Such a great book. Love the way they made Clint so human, he can get injured, he’s vulnerable, and he’s literally dealing with repo men. These aren’t huge problems for the Avengers, but they are for a normal person like Clint. By the far the best thing I’ve ever read from Fraction. Aja’s art was a bit jarring at first, but I really liked the detail and emotion he packed into his backgrounds. It’s a beautiful book. Sign me up for the next issue!

  29. I liked the style used in this book, very similar to Daredevil. Loved David Aja’s artwork as well. I had a huge problem with the fact that there was no Hawkeye to be seen.

    Please check my mini-review of Hawkeye #1 here:

    Comments and feedback are always welcome!

  30. I loved this comic the art was great the story wasnt at all what i was expecting it suprised me and now i cant wait to get the second issue and each after that bc this one i feel will keep me on my toes next to my everyday run of the mill superman or cap america hawkeye is a hero but in this book you can see a bit of dark

  31. I picked this up a week later after hearing all the hype.

    I echo others’ sentiments about the issue’s ability to warm someone unfamiliar with Hawkeye in the way Fraction grounds the character. In marketing, it’s often taught that once you identify your product’s weakness, you expose it and turn it into a selling point (ie. Buckley’s: “Tastes bad, but it works.”) In this case, taking Hawkeye’s lack of superpower and his proneness to human injury already makes him stand out.

    I found the landlord and his tracksuit goons endearing, despite being a little over-charicatured in voice. They were fun and it was enjoyable to see Clint pound on them. I also loved Fraction’s closing line about Cap not being there finally allowing Hawkeye to be the badass anti-hero he’s supposed to be.

    The art, as everyone says, was wonderful. Much kudos also needs to be given to colourist Matt Hollingsworth for his ability to separate warm and cold scenes to help us navigate the non-linear timing of the story while enhancing Aja’s highly stylized and chic look.

    Both in art and story, this felt like it had the heart of a creator owned-title. Will be checking out next month.

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